Government’s Trailblazer programme to develop apprenticeships in 39 new sectors

Hundreds of employers across the UK will develop new apprenticeships in exciting industries including film and TV, biotechnology and veterinary nursing, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills announced today.

As part of the government’s latest plan to deliver three million new apprenticeships by 2020, organisations such as Pinewood Studios and the English National Opera have formed 26 new Trailblazer groups to create apprenticeship standards across 39 varied occupations.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said:

“Pinewood Studios was home to the new Star Wars film. Now the force is strong with young apprentices who will get the opportunity to boost their skills in a wide range of roles including TV and film set design. These apprentices will have the expertise their industry needs.

“Our Trailblazer programme allows employers across the country to have their say in training tomorrow’s workforce, helping us achieve three million apprenticeships by 2020.”

Further employers forming the Trailblazer groups include designer shoemakers Loake, Rolls Royce, BT and Dr. Martens.

Existing groups will design a further four apprenticeship schemes in video games, financial services, construction and food and drink.

Andrew Smith, Director at Pinewood Studios, said:

“Young people are the future leaders of tomorrow’s industry and being part of the Trailblazers means we can guarantee they have the essential skills and training. The apprenticeships we create will be a key route for new entrants into the industry and will set them on course for a fun, challenging but ultimately rewarding career.”

The first eight Trailblazers began in 2013. With the formation of 26 new groups there are now over 140 that have delivered, or are in the process of delivering over 350 apprenticeship standards.

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